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is currently unfunded, and has been mentioned not fully implemented. in fact, had not been implemented ten years ago when it was passed at that time. the police commission directed last year that a team response be developed so people experiencing psychiatric crisis this has not happened. the 20 to 25 percent of the responding officers be trained, it has not happened. that 911 has protocol to contact the team, and relay specific information to them. not happened. and the supervisor, that is trained in cit be on the scene and that supervisor develop the tactical response before the police respond? not happened. that the officers incident data is kept and analyzed not happened. that it force is used to the community review occurs, not happened. >> none of these would cost
money and has been pointed out tasers would cost money if you talk about the training and the training on using the cart rages and all of this will cost significant resources. deescalation works. it works every day in san francisco. it works at psychiatric emergency service and social service agency and drop in center and door alley and west side and other places we did a comprehensive review of the tasers of the literature. >> please continue briefly to finish up. >> and we looked at all of the studies that had been done the last time that this came around. what we found over and over again is that the tasers increased fatalities. there were some that mentioned that it decreased. fatalities every one of those studies were funded by taser international. of the independent studies not funded by the people profiting
off these weapons, they found things like the 2009 ucsf study that the deaths more than doubles in the first year and the following years the number of shootings decrease but stayed above what it had been before tasers and this seems to be the trend, when tasers are introduced they are a new tool, it is exciting and get used a lot. and when that initial excitement levels out it is not decreasing fatalities. >> thank you. >> thank you very much. >> are there any other members of the public who would like to comment? in this hearing? and seeing, none, come forward we will close the public comment. we want to thank the members of the public for being here and taking part of in hearing and sharing their thoughts and concerns and their expertise as well. it is critical that we hear especially from folks who work in the neighborhood that probably have the highest incident of mental health crisis in san francisco where
we would see the greatest deployment of the cit team and where if they were equipped with tasers would would see the highest incidence of use as well. i don't to call back up commander ali and or commander korea. i want to thank you for your presentation and for being here. and want to give you a moment to be able to respond to any particular thing that you heard from public comment. and anything that you would like to add.
in the environment and which our officers have to work. i think that it is incredibly important and i want to leave a quick note that we have trained, one of the best trained departments in the country identifying with the mental health and in 2001, we began the initial training of 40 hours of 40-hour training for each officer in the mental health awareness, the deescalation building and that went from 2001 to 2010. that was done in conjunction with the mental health board and the members of our department were trained and provided that training. in 2010, i believe, when the chief came on and we began having the discussion about adopting a different model. adopting a key to dealing with individuals in crisis and we looked at other agency and
looked at memphis who had the model and in place for some time and partially adopted that model. today as i indicated on top of the 983 members that were trained over the last ten years, we have trained since the last year, 118 of our own and some of other agencies. the work is significant, and we have over a dozen entities both public and private involved in each one of the trainings. and so therefore, the coordination of the efforts has to be done in line with their ability of each one of those organizations to provide the in-kind service and not to over tax and as a result, we are doing that once a quarter, i think that it is incredibly reasonable to do that.
160 officers will be trained in the patrol force. and we are moving on. the discussions are supporters and moving the cit forward and i leave with you with this. this is not about in and off itself, mental health, this is about all officers engaging with people in our community who are, whose ability with a threat to the public. so in each one of these where the former chiefs have brought this to bear it has been precipitated by a tragic event and quite frankly, our officers we want to stop having to use deadly force. the calls of service will not
imulate from the professionals who are dealing with the person who constitutes the threat. it is about dealing with the aggressive behavior of folks that is threatening to the public that we have ko contend with and not necessarily it is an issue, with that said, i thank you for having us, and the chief is moving forward, with the level of community engagement that are going to follow in january, february, and i believe that march and all the way into april. where we are out reaching to the community or the weapon systems that are less than our firearms and we are definitely get back to you and be open to further discussion on the issue.
and thank you, commander, and what i would like to be able to do is we have a hearing today was really on the use of tasers, but, as we are preparing for this hearing, it seemed like there was a lot of work that the city is doing and the police department is doing around the crisis intervention teams and i would like to go a step further in the new year to look at that and see how we are hitting our stride in the crisis response within the department and in putting this team together and the training that is really necessary for us to do the kind of policing that we know can deescalate the crisis that people find themselves in. i see it separate from the issue of tasers and electronic control weapons. it is almost like we are backwards in training a team to be able to deescalate violence and mental health crisis, and at the same time equip them with a tool that if used could
have a detrimental effect on the deescalation, and also, it could open a door for, you know, greater usage within the department. that is my personal concern. and it has been a lot of people in san francisco share, i think that you can go out on the road in san francisco, and you can find a lot of people who are going to give, you know, license to the department to move forward on that. i think that as moving forward, i think that it is really important to look at the part of san francisco that probably experiences the greatest concentration of mental health crisis that we have that would be the neighborhood in district six and work well with the community to see what you are hearing from them on the issue. and i think that is something that will be really critical of moving forward. i worry that, you know, we are being too critically and look at how he can ploy the tasers where we have not been able to
work on developing the response that we can do in the department that we are going to a cliff that we don't need to reach and that we have not put in the resource and that is why i want the training moving forward in the new year and i have concerns that we moved to a pilot program for tasers that they will respond and i do that they become employed and that there is a greater instance that the studies have found in the officer-involved shootings and the use of tasers i hope that the police commission and the command staff really
consider well, you know, the concerns that are the have been expressed here from the community and from the members of this committee. >> and we do. thank you. >> okay. answer questions? >> no. just... did you want to speak? >> sure, actually, this might be a great opportunity commander rich carer will be taking over the crisis intervention coordination in the coming years, so what perhaps he can offer a few words. >> i will be brief. i have taken a lot of notes today and i look forward to ex-expanding and doing what i can to add some value to the great work that has already been done and i hear a lot about the memphis model and i leave today hoping that in bodies like this around the country they will be talking about the san francisco model
in a year or two i think that i can add some value in that connection. and so i am looking forward to working with the folks, many of them that i have met today and i have five pages of notes and so the comments were heard well by me. and i want to thanks him, he is not only worked closely with him and he is my friend and when the chief asked that i take over this work, i jumped right in and working to bring me up to speed on everything and that i see myself as much a steward of his good work as i am bringing my own value to the operation. >> thank you for your service and looking forward for the hearing in the new year. supervisor olague? >> i just wanted to thank the commander for all of his work
and at least the initial spaces of implementing this cit program, so i want to thank you for all of your work with that. thank you. >> and you know, so, i just want to also hope that we can get beyond the embryonic phase and see how it can work effectively to further the information around the use of compassion and kind of when you are reaching your hand in the tool box it is one of compassion and that sort of intervention as opposed to one of actually using an additional weapon and trying to deescalate the issues. >> and as michael from the mental health association says that this is a program that just has not been fully implemented and i think that once it is that we will find that that really sufficient and
somebody mentioned of the use of methyl weapons that is not the conversation to have here today and i am wondering that in some of these crisis interventions why thank you foe all of your work on this and your work on the community and other issues because i know that it is well respected. >> thank you. thank you very much. ali, colleagues could we have a motion to file this item? >> so moved. >> and we will take that without objection and we can move on to our next item. number two. >> item number two, resolution
urging the department of the status of women to develop and share materials on domestic violence with city employees city contractors and grantees. >> thank you. supervisor mar is the sponsor of this resolution and we would like to give the floor and the mic to him. >> i just wanted to say that this is a simple and straight forward resolution, that will insurance that the department of the status of women and other departments really raise awareness about domestic violence and scraoe ate a safer workplace. i am really glad that emily, the director is here but i know that the policy director ann leman will be giving the presentation along with gene who is the senior employee assistance counselor employee assistance, and there is a number of other speakers at public comment that will present on the resolution, is straight sfo ward forward and going to urge and direct the
department to develop materials there is already a great body of materials right now, but to develop further materials about what employees, including the department heads and managers should know about domestic violence and how to, for example, how to spot, signs of domestic violence in the workplace. we are working on other legislation that will come later on the status of women but this is one piece that will help to raise awareness of all city employees and also, contractors that work with the city as well. and it also asks the department or the commission on the status of women and their department to work with other city departments to distribute such information to employees contractors and grantees and other organizations including non-profit and businesses. with that i wanted to thank emily for the work on this and
to acknowledge the policy director an leman. >> i wanted to thank you for sponsoring this legislation and hopefully that other supervisors will join in your efforts i will introduce ann and thank the staff of the department of status of women to always be there for the commission and this very important issue and hope that it will help all city employees to be made aware of domestic violence. thank you, again. >> ann policy the director for the status of women, first i want to explain what i am standing up here and not dr. emily, morase. >> last night we had a dynamic meeting on the status of women and the police commission, a first but not a last about some of these issues and as a consequence, dr. morase's voice has given out.
i think that is really important to repeat. 68 offenders, in a study by maine in a maine group on domestic violence in 2004, 68 offenders said that this would help to prevent domestic violence. >> i think that is really significant. and i have no issue with the underlying resolution, i think that we need to site where. >> and i have that. >> we can make an amendment today that we don't have it today to bring it for tuesday so
employee assistance program, the eap. we are a counseling center for employees and their families and significant others. we see people for any personal or work-related issue. that gets in the way of their personal or work-related lives. we offer brief solution-focused therapy medation service and critical debriefing and customized workshops and trainings throughout city departments. the eap, for the city like all of the eap ss a behavior risk management agency. and our mandate here is to provide services to city county employees at all levels. work teams, managers, and etc.. and so, not every day, and not every week, but, pretty regularly, we see city employees who are victims of
domestic violence. >> it does not just remain at home it comes to work. they know where the victim is eight hours a day and often send threatening and abusive e-mails, fax and phone calls to the victims during the workday. they also would... they may repeatedly buzz by the workplace, and even enter the workplace putting all employees at risk physical and psychological abuse, the victim's anxiety and fear impact the work performance, the productivity and the working relationships and
ultimately, public service the eap actually does a great deal of consultation to assess the situations of certain and support them in crafting a strategy for dealing with them creating restraining, orders for the workplace to keep the people safe and enhancing the personnel skills in plan and handling the situation. and so it is a delicate balance between focusing on achieving the business goals of the work unit, and providing compassion and support to victimized
individual, managers, largely don't know how to handle it. they say, what do i do? what do i say? the work has to get done. but this person is in crisis. they are traumatized. and a lot of it shows up in the workplace. this is one critical issue that we deal with, in general the eap tries to hit them from any time, so we prevent critical incidents and we intervene and we head off dangerous situations when we can and we help the city/county employees work through the trauma by debriefing following a traumatic incident and so for example, the zoo, i was out there doing critical debriefings with the zoo keepers and the dog mauling and i was out at animal control and
the fire that killed two firefighters in diamond heights, i was there with the 911 dispatchers trying to help with their trauma and grief and guilt, guilt feelings. so, being a behavior risk management agency, we are tooting our horn a little bit. one reason why you don't see headlines in the paper stating that a disgruntled city employee harmed their supervisor or co-workers. so a clear, specific policy on domestic violence in the workplace is really crucial for a dangerous tie to dangerous pattern of domestic violence in the workplace that negatively impacts employees' safety and well-being, and working productivity and ultimately service to the public. so, just a little highlight. you know, not all of this ends
up at the eap. you know, by and large, people don't come directly to us, with this issue. but we do see a number of folks and right now, we are seeing both victims and perpetrators in our office for brief solution focus therapy. >> they would benefit from great materials. >> supervisor campos? >> olague? >> i will wait until after public comment and i will have something to add >> any member of the public that would like to comment and i believe that i have one card. katherine berg.
>> thank you. good afternoon, supervisors. my name is katherine berg and i am here from madres to support this resolution, thank you, supervisor mar for putting it forward. the success of anti-domestic workplace policy ss first of all predicated on the demonstrative leadership and this resolution and the actions that it directs is an important first step in establishing that for the city and county of san francisco. so thank you.